Morning Brew: Lines drawn over OneCity, G20 cops protected fence over quelling riot, TTC driver "spoken to" over Ford incident, and food trucks must wait
Another big transit battle is looming at city council and those in positions of influence are beginning to choose sides. Rob Ford and his allies at council are, not surprisingly, against the proposal, but with their numbers dwindling, the vote coming later this summer could be close. This morning, the Globe and Mail reports that several suburban leaders wouldn't replicate the property tax idea in their own areas.
Where do you stand? Obviously, no one likes a tax hike, but is it a necessary evil to ensure we all - drivers, transit riders, cyclists, pedestrians, whatever - get to where we need to go, on time?
A new G20 report says Toronto police failed to prevent a riot because they were too busy guarding the security fence around the meeting site. When they asked for relief to deal with the problem, the RCMP took twelve hours to arrive. The CBC reports that a single officer booked all detainees. Madness.
According to The Star, a TTC streetcar operator received "counseling" after an incident in traffic with Rob Ford. According to the TTC's Brad Ross, the driver left his seat - something operators aren't meant to do - to speak to the mayor, who was presumably in his car. The TTC won't say what was discussed between the pair.
Toronto won't be turning into food truck heaven for a while yet. The licensing and standards committee decided yesterday to further study the idea of allowing mobile food vendors to set up shop in parking lots instead of giving the thumbs up. Some restaurant owners are worried the trucks' low overheads will undermine their business. Salads, nuts and vegetables are now on the menu for existing burger and hot dog stands, though. Yippee!
And finally, we last heard from Diego Bergia in 2010 when saw a demo version of his Toronto graffiti-meets-arcade video game at Magic Pony on Queen West. Now, he's developing the game further with input from a few graffiti legends. Here's the latest Street Fighter 2-inspired clip from the game:
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